The certificate forgery allegation brought before the Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Enugu State against Governor Peter Mbah of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been dismissed.
The Tribunal on Thursday ruled that the case brought before the court by the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) candidate, Elder Christopher Agu, lacked merit.
The PRP candidate had earlier told the tribunal that Mbah forged his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate, while also alleging that the election that produced him as governor was marred with irregularities.
However, the Justice Kudirat Morayo Akano-led Tribunal, in its judgement, held that the petitioner could not prove allegations of fraud against the respondent.
The Tribunal held that there was no evidence before it to support PRP’s claim that a forged certificate was submitted to INEC, adding that the issue was not contained in the petitioner’s affidavit.
In particular, it stated that to prove forgery, both the original and the supposedly forged certificate ought to have been exhibited.
On the issue of plea bargain by Mbah, the Tribunal averred that the exhibits presented by the petitioners didn’t show any plea bargain by the respondent. The court said the evidence presented by Mbah was to the effect that he was acquitted of the charges.
The panel also averred that witnesses called by the petitioners couldn’t specify the polling units where the elections didn’t hold nor the results of same.
It concluded that the governorship election of March 18 and the return of Governor Peter Mbah as winner complied with the provisions of Electoral Act, 2022.